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North Korea-weekly review-5

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*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from March 14-20, 2013.

March

14 The North Korean Foreign Ministry says that under the prevailing warlike atmosphere, the DPRK (North Korea) can no longer be bound by the Korean Armistice Agreement.

14 Yang Hyong-sop, the vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), meets with new Indian Ambassador to the DPRK Ajay Kumar Sharma, who paid a courtesy call on him at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

14 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sends messages to heads of state of different countries in reply to their congratulatory messages on the occasion of the 71st birth anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il.

14 Army-people rallies take place in cities and counties, including Munchon city and the counties of Unryul, Sungho, Junghwa, Sepho, Hamju and Koksan, to support the statement issued by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA).

14 Kim Jong-un sends a congratulatory message to Xi Jinping, the president of the People's Republic of China (PRC), on his election as president of the PRC and chairman of the PRC Central Military Commission at the first session of the 12th National People's Congress of the PRC.

14 Kim Yong-nam, the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, sends a congratulatory message to Xi Jinping on his election as president of the PRC and Zhang Dejiang as chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress at the first session of the 12th National People's Congress.

14 A foreign ministry spokesman says the U.N. Secretary General "has recently let loose a string of invectives slandering the inviolable dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK, all the while defending the U.S. hostile acts against it."

15 Rodong Sinmun says the forces hostile to the DPRK are to blame for the touch-and-go situation prevailing on the Korean Peninsula.

15 Rodong Sinmun says the illegal and brigandish "resolutions on sanctions" against the DPRK adopted at the U.N. Security Council are a product of the U.S. and its allies' extremely hostile policy toward the DPRK.

15 The KCNA says Kim Jong-un continued his inspection of islet defense detachments in the western area, and encouraged the servicepersons and civilians of North Korea.

15 The KCNA says more than 500,000 North Korean school youth and children have participated in the "1,000-ri journey for learning" since the program started in March 1974.

15 The KCNA blasts the U.S. and its allies for conducting cyber attacks, saying, "Intensive and persistent virus attacks are being made every day on internet servers operated by the DPRK."

15 The 28th Scientific and Technological Festival of Kim Il-sung University was held from March 12-15 presenting scientific and technological achievements, display contests, and exchanges of intellectual goods and new technologies.

15 Servicepersons and civilians gather in different parts of the DPRK, including Huichon and Songrim cities, and Pukchong, Rakwon, Jonchon, Hwangju and Taehongdan counties, to support the statement of a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the KPA.

16 Premier Choe Yong-rim makes a field survey of the reclamation of the Sepho tableland to encourage the servicepersons and members of the shock brigade.

16 The KCNA warns South Korea's new Prime Minister Chung Hong-won, who said that it would respond with "10 times the force (against North Korea)," has been put on the list of its first targets in the upcoming great war for national reunification.

16 Participants in the national meeting of light industrial workers visit Mangyongdae, Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery.

16 A national meeting takes place at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1,000-ri journey for learning covered by the great Generalissimo Kim Il-sung.

16 A group of school youth and children from across the country start their march for study tour on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of 1,000-ri Journey for Learning made by President Kim Il--sung.

16 A foreign ministry spokesman issues a statement that the DPRK has no idea of negotiating with the U.S. unless it rolls back its hostile policy toward North Korea.

17 Premier Choe Yong-rim sends a congratulatory message to Li Keqiang upon his appointment as premier of the State Council of the PRC at the 1st session of the 12th Chinese National People's Congress on March 16.

17 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greeting to Michael Higgins, the president of the Republic of Ireland, on the occasion of its national day.

17 Rodong Sinmun says, "The second Korean War has become an unavoidable thing, now that the U.S. and the south Korean puppet regime push the situation to the extremity by resorting to the unprecedented 'sanctions' against the DPRK and the war drills to invade the north, condemning the DPRK's legitimate satellite launch.

17 Jang Jae-on Samuel, the chairman of the Central Committee of the (North) Korean Catholics Association, sends a congratulatory message to Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio upon his election as the 266th Pope.

18 Rodong Sinmun says the South Korean authorities are arch criminals who reduced all the nonaggression agreements between the north and the south to dead papers by systematically violating them.

18 The delegation of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea (GFTUK) comes back home after taking part in the meeting of the Presidential Council of the World Federation of Trade Unions held in Peru and visiting Cuba.

18 A national meeting of light industrial workers takes place with splendor in Pyongyang with top North Korean leaders, including Kim Jong-un, Choe Yong-rim, Kim Kyong-hui and Kim Ki-nam attending.

18 Kim Jong-un makes an important speech at the national meeting of light industrial workers.

19 Minju Joson says the U.S. is chiefly to blame for the situation on the Korean Peninsula, which is inching close to war and that the U.S.'s attempt to stifle North Korea can never come true.

19 Choe Thae-bok, the chairman of the SPA, met and had a talk with Ajay Kumar Sharma, the Indian ambassador to the DPRK, who paid a courtesy call on him at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

19 The KCNA says Pyongyang Passenger Traffic College has been founded in the DPRK for opening on April 1 to train technicians and management workers needed in the passenger traffic field.

19 Kim Jong-un has a photo session with the participants in the national meeting of light industrial workers.

19 The delegation of the General Bureau of Software Industry headed by Vice General Director Jong Song-chan comes back home after wrapping up its visit to Laos.

19 Alexandr Timonin, the Russian ambassador to the DPRK, hosts a reception at his embassy on the occasion of the 64th anniversary of the conclusion of the agreement on economic and cultural cooperation between the DPRK and Russia.

20 A spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry accuses the U.S. of letting a B-52 strategic bomber make a sortie to the Korean Peninsula.

20 Kim Jong-un guides a drill of super precision drone planes assaulting targets and a firing drill of self-propelled flak rockets destroying "enemy" cruise missile at low altitudes.

20 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greeting to Al Moncef Al Marzouki, the president of Tunisia, on its national day.

20 The KCNA says the 15th Kimilsungia Festival will open in Pyongyang from mid-April with splendor on the occasion of the birth anniversary of late President Kim Il-sung.

20 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greeting to Hifikepunye Pohamba, the president of the Republic of Namibia, on its 23rd independence day.

20 The KCNA says servicepersons of the DPRK have been put on high alert for all-out action, only awaiting an order from Kim Jong-un.

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